Sus­pected se­rial killers

Real Crime - - Fbi Miami Shotout -

Platt and Matix were a ter­ri­fy­ing crim­i­nal pair­ing. They each had a mil­i­tary his­tory and were in­di­vid­u­ally com­mended by their su­pe­ri­ors for their weapons pro­fi­ciency. They proved mer­ci­less in the com­mis­sion of these rob­beries, but also in their at­tacks on un­sus­pect­ing civil­ians. They were linked to the cold- blooded mur­der of Emilio Briel and the theft of his ve­hi­cle, as well as the at­tempted mur­der of Jose Col­lazo, who was shot four times and had his ve­hi­cle stolen just prior to the fourth rob­bery. Col­lazo sur­vived, man­aged to raise the alarm and gave the po­lice a de­scrip­tion of his would- be killers.

But not long prior to the first rob­bery, both men were sus­pected of mur­der­ing their wives: Matix’s wife and a friend were found stabbed to death in De­cem­ber 1983. He was a sus­pect in the mur­ders, but po­lice didn’t have enough ev­i­dence to charge him. Platt’s sec­ond wife died of a shot­gun blast to her head in De­cem­ber 1984, which was ruled a sui­cide. Both men had tur­bu­lent re­la­tion­ships with their wives and, given the vi­o­lence that char­ac­terised their fu­ture crimes, it’s likely that ei­ther or both were some­how in­volved in the deaths of these women, if not re­spon­si­ble for mur­der­ing them.

The FBI

dis­cov­ered that these vi­o­lent rob­bers had a his­tory of sus­pected mur­ders be­hind them

MatixPlatt ABOVe- left Emer­gency ser­vices were flown in to take three se­ri­ously wounded spe­cial agents to hos­pi­tal

right Mur­deredFBI Spe­cial Agents Gro­gan and Dove’s ve­hi­cle can be seen on the right against the tree – the blood­stains on the floor mark where they fell

Gro­ganDove

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